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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  431 ratings  ·  42 reviews

Michel Faber's short stories are markedly diverse-the voice of each is so distinct that the book reads like an anthology of different writers. But Faber's radically inventive style fastens all fifteen stories into a compelling collection deserving of the high praise it garnered in the United Kingdom. One surreal story, "Fish," projects a futuristic world populated with fis
ebook, 276 pages
Published August 20th 2001 by Mariner Books (first published 1981)
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A remarkably diverse, thought-provoking, often witty, and beautifully-written short stories.

That was a relief, because I loved Faber's "The Crimson Petal and the White" (, but was shocked by how much I disliked the related short stories, "The Apple" (

Many of these stories have a wry humour and a dream-like sense of disorientation, at least initially, but there is no unifying theme (which is not a criticism).

Svou prvotinu vydal Faber až v osmatřiceti letech, což jste asi už slyšeli, začíná tím každý jeho medailonek. K nám se dostala se zpožděním dalších třinácti let. Je to sice škoda, ale téhle literatuře čas neublíží. Sbírku tvoří patnáct povídek, jež sdílejí podivuhodnou vlastnost: zapamatujete si je. Mají logiku, mají pointu, emocionálně vás zasáhnou. Odpovídají Hemingwayově poučce: povídka je jako ledovec, devět desetin z ní má tvořit to, co vůbec nebylo napsáno, ale autor to věděl. Z Faberových ...more
April 2012

Miss Fatt and Miss Thinne are not, respectively--although they later become so, monstrously. The apocalypse is full of fish. God didn't create the world, he just found it in the trash heap and thought it was neat. You can fake a Virgin Mary, but you can't make her veil. Something about a hand. Africa. Also Poland. It's hard to find romance in a sex shop. A lonely nun keeps vigil on the edge of Suicide Point. And so on.

And I've just removed this book from my culling shelf. It looked in
A great collection of short stories, each one very different in form and style. I particularly loved FISH and THE RED CEMENT TRUCK, A CASE OF VERTIGO, and also MISS FATTE AND MISS THINNE - whose theme of eating and bodies reminded me of elements of both the Faber novels I've read: THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE and UNDER THE SKIN. The stand out story for me was TOY STORY. About a little boy called God who finds an abandoned planet in the trash round the back of a factory down the road and then ...more
Skvělé povídky. Perfektně přeložené. Autor vykazuje známky hlubokého vhledu do lidí, vztahů, emocí, situací. Témata mají široký záběr, až se zdá neuvěřitelné, kde všude autor stihnul nabrat materiál. Perfektní jsou Někdy prostě prší, Tunel lásky, Ovce. Maje zkušenost s bohémským chováním, u povídky Ovce jsem se pobavil převelice. Doporučuji a mám dojem, že si začas tuto sbírku s chutí přečtu znovu.
Here’s a guy that seems to be having some fun with the short-stories he’s writing. Almost as many different styles and forms as there are stories in the collection. Allegories, fables, realism, farce, its all here. And all handled with equal skill and creativity. “Sheep” is a hilarious T. C. Boyle-ish story about a prank played on five avant-garde artists. The title story is dark realism that uses snippets from student essays to reveal the trauma that is otherwise not revealed. I loved “Pidgin A ...more
Pavel Beneš
Nádherný povídky, v krásně napsaným překladu Viktora janiše. Čte se to samo. A je pak veliká škoda, že to najednou – v nejlepším – skončí.
Unfortunately I don't remember enough of this short story collection to write a proper review. But two stories stick it out in my mind for being awesome: The one about the substitute/replacement/relief teacher, and the sweet romance set in Melbourne's sex industry (which includes the typical romance trope of "big misunderstanding").

Those two stories were great. A month later, I've forgotten the others.
Anežka Svobodová
I was surprised how varied the stories were - some surprised with unexpectedly accurate perspectives while others seemed like a short writing exercise with no deeper meaning. I started with the story about the two ladies who got extremely slim and fat (a friend lent me this book after I mentioned I was intentionally going to grow myself fat) and after this one, which was of moderate qualities I was overwhelmed by stories about the village teacher or the abused girl who writes to NASA, as both of ...more
The thing that draws me back to Faber is never quite knowing what to expect. It's like mystery pick and mix. I love it. Some of the stories seem very straightforward. Some quite crazy. Each inspire different reactions and emotions in me. But to me, Faber's greatest skill is being able to manage the really odd stories he invents. In lesser writers the idea spiral out of control and end up messy. He handles even shocking content with grace and charm.
Andrés Santiago
The most amazing collection of short stories. They vary from the wonderful and lyrical to the frightening and weird. It's a bit like watching Eraserhead by David Lynch. This is Faber's first book and one of his finest
The best part of the book might have been the title. Some of the opening sentences of individual stories were interesting. Concepts on 2 of the stories were likable. Over-all a lot of rain fell! Gloomy,bad sexual tones where sex was never about love. Showed worst side of humans and of life for the most part. Cannot recommend this and wouldn't have finished it except it was the only book I had along for downtime during jury duty. Also just too much graphic language for me. Concepts of the stories ...more
This book contained an uneven collection of short stories, but there is one jewel within. My favorite is "Fish," a story so surreal and haunting that it's now on my top lists of the genre, along with Asimov and China Mieville. I won't describe it here, because gradually realizing its altered reality is part of its appeal. Also liked "Toy Story," which imagined God as a child exploring the universe already constructed, and finding Earth, a little beautiful ball, which He carefully tucks into a sa ...more
Wasn't sure about this collection in the first half. The ideas were, as ideas go, amazing, but not enough for a satisfying read. But boy does this change by the second half when Faber takes a little more time to delve into his characters. The last story, while a bit mean and mite conservative, still had me laughing my head off.
Paul Foley
Faber excels at telling stories of the outsider, the stranger, the misfit. He is master of the closely observed strangeness of everyday life. It's the outside observer who has the most acute vision. In the title story, it's the new teacher taking on an established classroom. In the Crust of Hell, it's an American family in the North African desert. Michel Faber brings his incisive prose to bear on these characters who straddle two worlds, people fascinating in their ordinariness.
Some Rain Must Fall is a very fine collection of short stories that linger in the mind long after they are read. I took it with me on vacation and was able to savor each story. I was sad when there were no more stories left to read. I re-read “Toy Story” four times and was moved in a new way each time. Although the settings may be bizarre (e.g., the aquatic Armageddon world in Fish) and circumstances quite macabre, the people and experiences depicted felt real. Faber wrote with a vivid imaginati ...more
Sofi Corso
Even though I'm absolutely positive Michel Faber has a beautiful way of writing and makes outstanding word choices, I literally fell asleep while reading this. Yes, nice ideas, but where the hell is the climax???????????
At least in the first two stories. I loved their background and beginning and description and creativity... But there was NO point at which I could feel my heart pounding.
Maybe it's because I'm accustomed to read conflict after conflict (the god Rick Riordan, for example) but I h
I really enjoyed the other books I've read by Faber, and I thought I'd like this one after reading the first story. While there are a few other high points in this book, I found the stories disappointing overall. It seemed like, for some of the stories, he would get a gimmicky idea (e.g.s, "What if our hands had a separate consciousness from us?" "What if we started looking like our names?") and then follow through with a weak story. This book isn't awful, by any means...I just didn't feel too c ...more
Amanda Bellamy
Really enjoyed this very diverse and often quirky collection
Wide Ranging Collection of Stories

While many of the works contained within this collection are wholly satisfying, a few suffer from the abrupt endings which characterize the genre in general. When a story is pitch perfect, finely crafted and thoroughly polished, it is a pleasure to read.
Tomáš Radoň
Skvělý překlad Viktora Janiše!
Sonja Trbojevic
Excellent collection of stories. Faber writes with a unique voice.
Alex K.
Absolutely gorgeous writing, and such intriguing stories. The character development is phenomenal.
This collection of stories contains the excellent sci-fi tale "Fish" and classic "Miss Fatt and Miss Thine" which brought to mind Gogol's stories. His writing style and particularly his use of metaphor is awe-inspiring.

However, I enjoyed his The Fahrenheit Twins much more, as it contained a lot more quirky, surreal stories.
I can't say I was overall impressed with the stories, some were all right but not enough to warrant a higher rating which is a shame as I think Faber has a brilliant imagination, it's just some of the stories were not to my liking and felt pointless, whilst others dragged on with some deep meaning behind it only for it to turn out pretentious.
A friend gave this to me, because she thought the theological and philosophical overtones of the stories might interest me. I thoroughly enjoyed some of the early stories, and I did find the ideas interesting. However, the final (and longest) story in the collection seemed like a rambling, pointless exploration of I-don't-know-what. That last story lost this book a star.
nina's hand. my aunt's name is nina, so i was immediately drawn to this story about her hand. and i wasn't disappointed, because this hand has a consciousness of its own, and also kind of a death wish. poor nina.

michel faber is careful and precise in his stories - i think as careful and precise as in his novels/novellas. and that's something.
Povídková knížka plná překvapení. Skvělým, nápaditým a hravým jazykem čtenáři autor předhazuje příběhy mnohdy až potrhlé. Nejvíc na mě zapůsobila poslední - Ovce. Fakt správně černý humor. Líbily se mi úplně všechny.
Deb Oestreicher
These short stories are finely written and quite diverse, from the solidly realistic, to the quirky, to the frankly surreal. A few are a little creepy for me, but they all pack a good punch and are highly memorable. I thought about the heroine of one story, an abused child, for days.
Michel Faber is a wonderful writer. This is a book of short stories and each one was incredibly well written and clever. It is difficult to rate because whilst I am not a lover of short stories I do appreciate them. In this book there was some that I loved more than others.
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Michel Faber (born 13 April 1960) is a Dutch writer of fiction. He writes in English.

Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967. He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language (a course involving translat
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